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Hoggar: Island in the Sahara

Lost in the heart of the Algeria’s Sahara, 2000 kilometres south of the capital, Algiers, lies the Tassili Hoggar. Defined by its high elevation and unique biome, the region forms an island in the middle of the Sahara. With no roads in this desert oasis, Photojournalist and Award-winning Filmmaker, Stephen Fenech, takes us on an adventurous gallivant deep into this hidden expanse to discover its many fascinating natural treasures.

  • Stephen Fenech
    Chad Exodus, Facet Three, Silk Road Ghosts
  • Stephen Fenech
    Chad Exodus, Facet Three, Silk Road Ghosts
  • Stephen Fenech
    Chad Exodus, Facet Three, Silk Road Ghosts
  • Stephen Fenech
    Key Cast
    Chad Exodus, Facet Three, Silk Road Ghosts
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 47 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 2, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    6,000 USD
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    Arabic, English, French
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Director Biography - Stephen Fenech

Stephen Fenech was born in Toronto Canada to Maltese parents. He works full time in the television industry, but spends a great deal of time travelling the planet (193 countries so far) as a photojournalist and award-winning filmmaker. His documentary Chad Exodus won various prizes in several festivals, including the Viewer’s Choice Award in the 2013 Malta International Film Festival and the Grand Jury Award in the 2013 Yosemite International Film Festival, which qualified it for Oscar contention. His travel book, Earth: Been there Done that Got the T-shirt, Book One: The Big Kahuna was published in 2016. It highlights a three-year trip around the planet. Its follow up: Book Two: Missing Pieces to the Global Puzzle was published in 2017. He has also authored a science fiction novel: Beacon: A Robot’s Odyssey, also published in 2017. When not writing, he enjoys visual art, beach volleyball, windsurfing, scuba diving and playing guitar. His photography has provided him many opportunities to reach young people by giving presentations to schools on topics that range from World Religions to Climate Change. He was shortlisted for the Mars One Mission, making the top 600 candidates from an initial roster of 203 000 international applicants. A few years ago, he became the surrogate mother for two orphaned baby racoons—the most humbling experience of his life.

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Director Statement

I hope you enjoy Hoggar: Island in the Sahara, that it might serve as a vehicle through which we can discover the lost tracts of our planet and why its is absolutely paramount to preserve it. As for this vehicle, I've got a lot of mileage on me but the engine's still running fine.